Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “This decision should have been left to the Assembly. On issues of massive local importance like health, local representatives are far better placed to make the right decisions.
“We must deliver the best healthcare possible. When it comes to the health of local people, there can be no corners cut. Cost cutting measures must never be allowed to take precedence over quality of service.
“The Assembly should have been allowed to deal with this issue, because we must be given the chance to have a coherent and strategic approach to addressing key health issues like reducing hospital waiting times.”